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Maull Continued from page 1 blink or wince. He stood among the nation's elite scholastic long jumpers at the U.S. Airways Na- tional Scholastic Outdoor Cham- pionships. Several of the jumpers were ranked in the top five by "Track and Field News," a nation- al publication which is the bible of track aficionados. Kai was only ranked eighth in the second flight of jumpers. There were 26 athletes in the competition. "We were all strangers and no- body said much during the com- petition," Kai said. "It was much more serious than any athletic event I've ever been in. My first jump was a scratch by a couple inches and none of the officials said anything or even moved. My dad and my uncle (Gilbert Maull and Lonnie Maull) told me to move my mark back a little." The little bit of family coaching paid off in the pit dirt as Kai hit the board right on the money and did his patented bicycle kick in the air before stretching to a per- sonal record 24' 7". The jump was long enough to best all other competitors, giving Maull the title of the top scholastic long-jumper in the United States for 1997. "They have a sign device next to the pit that first gives the jump in meters," Kai said, "and then they convert it to feet and inches. I heard everybody in my family screaming including my mother and Aunt Lavon, friend Leonard Lucas and Sarah Marshall and her parents who were visiting the campus and watching the meet. All I could do was smile. But there.was still lots of jumping to do I never even thought about whether the jump was going to hold Ul." Kai Maull's long jumping tal- ents were discovered by Tim Bamforth midway through the track season. "1_ asked his coach, Ed Waples, if I could take Kai down to the long jump pit and work with him. Kai. was already doing a tremendous job running No new report issued on Berdini death The Rehoboth Beach Police De- partment has issued no report yet on the cause of death of Paige Phillips Berdini, the Rehoboth Beach restaurateur who died June 8, and which was deemed "suspi- cious" in nature. Berdini was found unconscious in an apart- ment on Baltimore Avenue that afternoon and pronounced dead at Beebe Medical Center. The police are investigating cir- cumstances surrounding her death and awaiting a written toxicology report from the State Medical Ex- aminer's Office. No arrests have been made to date, with Police Chief Creig Doyle stating last week that they are proceeding very cautiously. (400m, 50.3,200m, 22.3) but I felt he was more versatile." Kai jumped 22' 5" the first time down the runway and used the Carl Lewis and Mike Powell hitch kick in the air just employing nat- ural instincts. "I knew Kai was something spe- cial and very coachable but I nev- er expected anything like this. His 24' 7" in a national meet may be the all-time performance by a Delaware track athlete, rivaling Bruce Harris's (Dover) 1:49 in the 800 meters in the 1984 Philadel- phia Meet of Champions," Bam- forth said. "I feel fortunate that people like Coach Bamforth have been here to help me become a better person and athlete through.track," Kai said. "And Coach Glenn (football) instills in all his athletes the im- portance of being a good person." The Division One track re- cruiters are certain to be beating a path to the runways of Cape Hen- lopen, home of the National Scholastic Outdoor Long Jump Champion. They will have to learn to get here from there. "I want to stay on the East CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26, 199"/- 13 Coast, rmt too far from home," Kai said. "I think an ACC school would be ideal." There are more big meets for Kai this summer including one in Orlando the first week of July and later in the month the East Coast Invitational in Maryland. And all the AAU and Junior Olympic competitions. "Kai practices twice a week, the same as the little kids in the Seashore Strider program," Bam- forth said. "Last week at the end of their running practice they all sat by the side of the long jump pit | and watched him jump He's a role model and they all really look upto him." That's an understatement when watching the nation's highest fly- er sail into stardom. LONG JUMP RESULTS- Kai Maull, Lewes, 24-7; Maurice English, Sumter S.C. 24-5; Michael Newell, Dumfries,Va. 24-5; Marcus O'Neal, Greens- boro, N.C. 24-3; Len Herring, Gainesville, Fla. 24-3; Todd Mathews, Trenton, N.J. 23-11. Make The Decision Nowl I I I I Increseing numbers of residents enjoy the Plantations so much, they say it's The Perfect Place to live. Why? 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